- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
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It turns out a late Michigan State offer didn't change the mindset of linebacker Jared Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) after all.
Wangler flew into State College on Friday and confirmed in a text he pledged to the Nittany Lions. He is the second commitment today, joining safety Marcus Allen, and is the ninth overall commit in this 2014 class.
"I was comfortable with the coaching staff -- and it's Linebacker U. It's a great tradition," Wangler previously said. "I like everything about that program. Other than that, it has a good atmosphere and it's a nice college town. I felt very comfortable."
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound prospect was leaning heavily toward the Nittany Lions when Michigan State, a school less than a 90-minute drive from home, entered the picture Tuesday with a scholarship offer. He said on Wednesday night that he was still a heavy PSU lean, but he wanted to talk over the new offer with his family because he wanted to be 100 percent sure about his decision.
And, on Friday, it's clear he was 100 percent sold on the Blue and White.
Wangler joins four-star commit Troy Reeder as the linebackers of this class. Reeder is slated to play inside, while Wangler will play on the outside.
Wangler finished his junior season with 76 stops, 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries in nine games. He also held offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.
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